Vancouver nabs latest Overwatch team, as e-sports league expands to 20 across three continents

  • The team will start play in the upcoming season this February
  • Players for the Titans will be selected from all over the world
PUBLISHED : Monday, 03 December, 2018, 2:47pm
UPDATED : Monday, 03 December, 2018, 2:47pm

The ownership group behind the National Hockey League’s Vancouver Canucks has thrown its hat into the rapidly expanding Overwatch League.

The Aquilini Group announced the Vancouver Titans as the 20th team to enter the e-sports world, unveiling the team’s name and logo during a Canucks game at Rogers Arena over the weekend.

The venue recently hosted the International Dota 2 Championship this summer, which is the most lucrative e-sports tournament in the world.

The Aquilini Group is joining forces with Canadian e-sports organisation Luminosity Gaming to manage the squad.

Francesco Aquilini, the managing director for the Aquilini Group, said they chose a sasquatch as their logo and their three colours (blue, green and white) to pay homage to the Vancouver scenery and climate.

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“In choosing our identity we wanted to introduce a team that would resonate with fans in the Pacific Northwest. With a local feel and an experienced, skilled team, we are ready and can’t wait to have the Titans compete at the highest level in e-sports.”

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The Titans also announced the team’s roster which includes former members of RunAway, one of the most popular Overwatch teams, a unit that won the Overwatch Contenders 2018 Season 2: Korea.

RunAway also defeated the Overwatch South Korean World Cup team in an exhibition match, making them “one of the most sought-after teams during the off-season” according to a Titans press release.

Created by Blizzard Entertainment, the Overwatch League has city-based teams across Asia, Europe and North America, starting with 12 back in 2017.

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ESPN estimates that franchises in the The Overwatch League could be worth upwards of US$50 million and Statista estimates the league will be worth US$1.65 billion by 2020.

The 2019 season kicks off in February in Los Angeles and features four Asia-based teams including three in China and one in South Korea. Eight new teams have joined the league for 2019 including Atlanta, Paris, Toronto and Washington DC.